Cabinet Office demands silence over government IT strategy

The Cabinet Office has asked officials to refrain from talking about the government's new IT strategy.

The Cabinet Office has asked officials to refrain from talking about the government's new IT strategy.

Despite senior civil servants starting to open up about their plans for the coming months and the possible direction of the strategy, the department says it is normal to keep quiet about unpublished documents.

Deputy government CIO Bill McCluggage and deputy director of the G-Cloud programme Andy Tait have both spoken recently about the G-Cloud and the direction of central government IT.

A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said it is normal to ask officials not to speak about unpublished documents.

"The government IT strategy is still being worked on, so it would be inappropriate to talk about it while it's being developed. It's quite normal for that to be the case."

One government IT strategy has already been published this year, and the consensus seems to be that the new one won't be a radical departure from January's document.

One big change, however, is likely to follow from the financial cuts departments need to make. It is still unclear how the cuts outlined in the comprehensive spending review will impact IT.

The new strategy is expected to be published in the next few months.

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